Talk:spit

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American use of "spit" as past tense[edit]

Isn't it fairly widespread in the USA to use "spit" as the past tense? And if so, shouldn't that usage be added (with its regionally specificity noted)?--Tyranny Sue 12:32, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

I think you are right. I'll confirm at OneLook. DCDuring TALK 18:01, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
Yes, in the U.S. we say "he spit on the floor", not "spat". Spat is possible as well, but sounds very formal and erudite. —Stephen 19:10, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
Anyone know what Canadians say? (I feel like I can account for the other major native English-speaking regions, i.e. the UK and Australia/New Zealand.)
Canadians, at least in south Ontario say either. I'd say maybe even 50-50 —This comment was unsigned.
At COCA (US) it looks like close to a 50:50 split for past participle and more use of spat for the simple past. DCDuring TALK 04:00, 24 December 2014 (UTC)